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  • 4 reviews
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  • The Testament of Mary

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Colm Toibin
    • Narrated By Meryl Streep
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Meryl Streep’s performance of Colm Tóibín's acclaimed portrait of Mary is hailed by the New York Times Book Review as “an ideal audiobook,” presenting the three-time Academy Award-winner in “yet another great role.” Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, Colm Tóibín's The Testament of Mary presents Mary as a solitary older woman still seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity. In the ancient town of Ephesus, Mary lives alone, years after her son's crucifixion. She has no interest in collaborating with the authors of the Gospel. They are her keepers, providing her with food and shelter and visiting her regularly. She does not agree that her son is the Son of God; nor that his death was "worth it"; nor that the "group of misfits he gathered around him, men who could not look a woman in the eye," were holy disciples. This woman who we know from centuries of paintings and scripture as the docile, loving, silent, long-suffering, obedient, worshipful mother of Christ becomes a tragic heroine with the relentless eloquence of Electra or Medea or Antigone, in a portrait so vivid and convincing that our image of Mary will be forever transformed.

    ana says: "from a non believer..."
    "So real. I felt it was Mary speaking just to me."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Testament of Mary to be better than the print version?

    Absolutely. Hearing Meryl Streep speak Mary's words made the book so much more believable. I could see the aged Mary as she spoke of her sorrow and coming demise.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Testament of Mary?

    Mary's story about when she held Jesus's body, after his death, was a terribly sad but powerful time. The Pieta lived.

    Have you listened to any of Meryl Streep’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not heard other Meryl Streep book performances before.

    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I had a lot of emotional response but did not laugh or cry. I did keep telling my husband how wonderful it was to listen to it. I have since told friends to download the book.

    Any additional comments?

    Mary's story did not go the way I was taught it. But, as a mother, I can see why she thought what she thought about the many changes in her families life. As Jesus grew and changed, she failed to see and know her Son's Divine Powers. Doing so was not her purpose or her job. She was His mother and wanted only to keep Him safe, well and alive.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Reason to Breathe: Breathing, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Rebecca Donovan
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the affluent town of Weslyn, Connecticut, where most people worry about what to be seen in and who to be seen with, Emma Thomas would rather not be seen at all. She’s more concerned with feigning perfection - pulling down her sleeves to conceal the bruises, not wanting anyone to know how far from perfect her life truly is. Without expecting it, she finds love. It challenges her to recognize her own worth - at the risk of revealing the terrible secret she’s desperate to hide.

    Nancy Devault says: "Awesome"
    "Long Suffering Drama Queen TeenVS Psychopathology"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Give the teens some real education. Truth telling and honest reality would have helped.

    What three words best describe Kate Rudd’s voice?

    Right on for the story.

    Was Reason to Breathe worth the listening time?

    I stopped listening for about a week and then decided I wanted to hear just how far the book would take the confused teen vs the psychotic relative tale.

    Any additional comments?

    The author missed a serious and much needed teaching moment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Reza Aslan
    • Narrated By Reza Aslan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    From the internationally bestselling author of No god but God comes a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that challenges long-held assumptions about the man we know as Jesus of Nazareth. Sifting through centuries of mythmaking, Reza Aslan sheds new light on one of history's most influential and enigmatic characters by examining Jesus through the lens of the tumultuous era in which he lived: first-century Palestine, an age awash in apocalyptic fervor.

    Charles says: "Palastinian Politics 4 B.C.E. - 70 C.E."
    "It felt like a lecture given by the other team."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I'm glad to have listened because I had seen the Fox News interview of the author & wondered why they showed such,badly expressed anger. Then I found my anger surface while listening to the authors continual effort to convince and be the expert. As if, because he has studied history before, during & after the time of Jesus, he knows so, so much that in 2013, he can write a book that labels the Biblical story of Jesus's life & death to have been simply chucked full of twisted truths and fantasy. To me, it isn't so much of what he said but the tone in which he spoke that cause me to suspect his need to expose Jesus's story a contrivance of His devoted followers. The book got me to remember a thought that I had previously considered. I think it is probable that Jesus did not precisely know exactly what God was asking of Him. Jesus was first of all, a human. Much of what God intended Jesus to do, accomplish may have been hidden from Jesus's conscious mind and only gradually revealed to him. Jesus would have needed guidance in the years of ministry. He would have a sense but would not known every step to take along His way.

    Did Zealot inspire you to do anything?

    Zelot inspired me to remember the Healings of Jesus both the ones I have witnessed and the ones I have experienced.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Scorch Trials: Maze Runner, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By James Dashner
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end. No more puzzles. No more variables. And no more running. Thomas was sure that escape meant he and the Gladers would get their lives back. But no one really knew what sort of life they were going back to. In the Maze, life was easy... until Teresa triggered the end. In the world outside the Maze, however, the end was triggered long ago. Burned by sun flares and baked by a new, brutal climate, the earth is a wasteland....

    Paul says: "Fast pace, new twists and more mysteries"
    "The Scorch Trials"

    This was a miserable story and must have not been intended for an adult. Sorry I ever downloaded it.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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